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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Sep 19, 2005 11:43pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Help with College

The tape trading really is a MAJOR contribution to the way the music biz has evolved, and no disrespect to your prof. but he (or she) is dead (sorry for the pun) wrong to say the Dead had no influence.

As the first major band to allow fans to tape shows they created--unknowingly--a much greater fan base than they would have had otherwise and today--with the music industry crippled by web sites that allow people to access music for free, illegally (I don't mean THIS excellent site, which gets bands' permission first) it is more critical than ever for modern bands to make money by touring rather than relying on CD sales (which are waaaaaaay down b/c of the net and b/c the are too expensive) more and more bands are allowing tapers b/c they know it's the best way to spread the word, get more people to come to their shows, AND to hone their live performance skills, which was always the Dead's hallmark.

Beyond that--please! The Grateful Dead spanned 3 decades of music--were one of THE cultural icons of 1960's counterculture (they are referenced in the long-running Broadway musical "Hair"); there can be no serious discussion of the Haight-Ashury Summer of Love hippie culture that spawned the counterclture protests leading to--among other things--the end of the Viet Nam war--without mentioning the Grateful Dead.

They influenced SCORES of musicians, examples of diversified artists ranging from Elvis Costello to Henry Rollins to the Cowboy junkies and Suzanne Vega, and many many more (see the "Deadicated" CD and read testimonials in the liner notes).

Jerry Garcia's face was on the cover of Newsweek when he died. The band toured the White House in 1993 and Mickey Hart has been asked to contribute to the national archives of music preservation also in Washington.

The phrase "what a long strange trip it's been" entered the national consciousness years ago and is quoted out of context in a million different pop culture references by people who probably don't even realize it's from "Truckin'."

The carnival touring show that kept growing from the late 70's right up until the end was immediately picked up by fans of the band "phish", and would not have been possible without the Dead.

You could easily make the argument that no AMERICAN band had a greater LASTING influence on how live music is played before audiences, and on new generations of artists who revered their dedication to the road, sharing of the live musical experience, and playing on a range of musical styles that included rock, psychedlia, funk, blues, country, and ballads.

The Grateful Dead's imprint on the music world is inescapable and permanent. You don't have to LIKE their music (as I suspect your professor does not) but to deny the band's influence is to ignore historical fact and the myriad of examples present today that show the ripple effects their songs left in musical and cultural waters arond the world.


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Poster: dagmar Date: Sep 20, 2005 12:46pm
Forum: etree Subject: Re: Help with College

You hit something in there! their diversity. they were one of the first rock bands to embrace jazz in their playing style, and later--well, we know what they did later. releasing aoxomoxoa then workingman's! thats got to be a gigantic feat in itself. being such a part of psychedelia and then folk rock!

they covered everyone from noah lewis to jesse fuller to chuck berry to the stones! also, whether you like it or not, dabbling into disco and eighties pop. so, in a way, they did what miles and cannonball did--incorporate their instruments into another genre (which, btw, is what some "bluegrass" bands are doing now), to the point that they werent really a rock band, they just played "rock" instruments